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Caliper and Johns Hopkins Recent Winners of US Patents

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Caliper Life Sciences has been awarded US Patent No. 7,037,416, "Method for monitoring flow rate using fluorescent markers."

Inventors listed on the patent are Wallace Parce and Claudia Jaffe.

According to its abstract, the patent protects microfluidic methods, devices, and systems for monitoring and controlling flow rates in response to one or more marker signals. The marker signals are used to provide an indication of flow rate in the various channels of the devices. Signals obtained from the markers are deconvoluted and used in a feedback loop to make flow rate adjustments, the abstract states.


Johns Hopkins University has been awarded US Patent No. 7,037,648, "Somatic transfer of modified genes to predict drug effects."

Eduardo Marban is the sole inventor listed on the patent.

According to its abstract, the patent protects somatic cell gene transfer methods for mimicking one or more effects of a drug candidate compound. In one aspect, the methods mimic the effect of a drug candidate compound with potential to potentiate or suppress activity of a selected target molecule. In another aspect, the methods provide means of identifying a molecular target for the drug candidate compound. The present methods have a variety of uses including providing identified molecular targets for use in drug screens.

The Scan

Panel Votes for COVID-19 Pill

A US Food and Drug Administration panel has voted to support the emergency use authorization of an antiviral pill for COVID-19 from Merck and Ridgeback Biotherapeutics, CNN says.

But Not Harm

New Scientist reports that UK bioethicists say that though gene editing may improve food production, it should not harm livestock welfare.

Effectiveness Drop Anticipated

Moderna's Stéphane Bancel predicts that that current SARS-CoV-2 vaccines may be less effective against the Omicron variant, the Financial Times reports.

Cell Studies of Human Chromatin Accessibility, SARS-CoV-2 Variants, Cell Signaling Networks

In Cell this week: chromatin accessibility maps of adult human tissues, modeling to track SARS-CoV-2 variants of concern, and more.